Well, it’s that time of year again! The time of year when families get together, lights are shining bright and the ovens are working in overdrive to cook all the holiday dishes. It’s Christmastime.
Now normally, I’d be home in Canada by now, cozied up in my room, reading a good book while my parents are sleeping upstairs, but this year, the holidays are a little bit different. Due to certain visa circumstances, I was not able to leave the country until I secured a job/internship, and since that just happened two days ago, my parents are here in Warrensburg to spend the holiday season with me. Yes, it may not be the ideal situation, especially since they just built a new house, but it’s the best we can do. And we all know that it’s not where we spend the holidays that makes it special, it’s who we spend them with.
Because of television and advertising, people have come to believe that Christmas is about Santa Claus, reindeer, elves and presents under the tree. But in reality, Christmas is about spending time with those we love and giving to others. And that, we should never forget.
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Christmas is the spirit of giving without the thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others.
The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things.